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Art Camp Thrives On 8 Open Lots On Hamtramck-Detroit Border

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 6:55am

In Hamtramck, Mich., a working class city almost surrounded by Detroit, camp is not affordable for many kids. An artist has started a camp inspired by adventure playgrounds and neighborhood artists.

'The Bettencourt Affair': Extravagant Friendship Or Cruel Swindle?

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 6:44am

Cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt lavished money and gifts on her friend, photographer François-Marie Banier. Then, her daughter sparked a decade of scandal by accusing Banier of abusing her.

(Image credit: Eric Robert/Sygma via Getty Images)

L'Oreal's Dark Roots Are On Display In 'The Bettencourt Affair'

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 6:00am

A former Paris bureau chief for Time, Tom Sancton is the perfect chronicler of l'affaire Bettencourt — the juicy swirl of scandal, bribery and dark doings that fascinated France for a decade.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

VIDEO: Where Mastectomy Scars Raged, A Tattoo Garden Blooms

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 4:00am

Nicole O'Hara was 29 when she had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis. She chose to cover the scars with a tattoo that blooms like her garden, with apple blossoms, bluebells and heather.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

Big Bird, Bowie And Muppets: Museum Of Moving Image Honors Jim Henson

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:25pm

The New York museum opened a permanent exhibition on the work of the late Jim Henson, including a Big Bird puppet, David Bowie's costume from Labyrinth and Muppets, all gifts of Henson's estate.

The Art Of The Pitch: Vendors Hawk Items At The Ohio State Fair

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:25pm

Many people go to the fair to ride the tilt-o-whirl or eat funnel cake. NPR's Planet Money team traveled to the Ohio State Fair to witness the ancient art of product salesmanship.

For The Love Of Huckleberries: August Brings Out Hunters Of Elusive Fruit

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:41am

Every year, lovers of these tart, juicy berries trek into the forests of the Northwest to pick them at great effort. No one's managed to grow them commercially just yet, but their fans keep trying.

(Image credit: Paul & Hien Brown/Flickr)

Stylishly Gritty, This Chase Thriller Really Is A 'Good Time'

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:07am

Robert Pattinson plays an amateur crook who maneuvers from one hair-raising situation to another. It's a relentless chase thriller, a funny problem-solving exercise and an exhilarating mood piece.

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Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:32am

As principal of a low-performing school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman's students faced huge challenges. She shares how she transformed her school while providing unwavering love and support for her students.

(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED)

Sal Khan: Can Technology Help Create A Global Classroom?

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:32am

Sal Khan turned tutoring lessons with his cousins into a series of free educational videos called Khan Academy. His goal: to make learning accessible for everyone, everywhere.

(Image credit: James Duncan Davidson/TED)

Andreas Schleicher: What Are The Keys To A Successful Education System?

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:32am

Andreas Schleicher created PISA, an exam that compares the knowledge of 15-year-olds from around the world. He says the test can help us understand why some countries perform better than others.

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Tyler DeWitt: How Do We Get Kids Hooked On Science?

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:32am

When a student complained that science textbooks were boring, teacher Tyler DeWitt got thinking about how he can make his lessons fun. DeWitt recounts his quest to make kids care about science.

(Image credit: Ramy Nassar/TED)

Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:06am

Two new TV series feature main characters who have autism. While some are applauding the fresh take on the disorder, others worry that the shows send the wrong messages.

(Image credit: Greg Gayne/Netflix)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recommending The Best Of Stephen King

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 5:00am

We didn't like the new Dark Tower movie, so we opted instead to discuss King's vast and rewarding career. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Seltzer's Popularity Bubbles Up In The U.S.

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:03pm

Seltzer sales have jumped 42 percent in the past five years. The bubbly water has inspired everything from tasting flights at restaurants to "LaCroix Boi," one rapper's parody ode to the drink.

(Image credit: Iam Nicole/Flickr/Creative Commons)

'The Glass Castle' Nearly Shatters Under The Weight Of Its Metaphors

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00pm

The film, based on Jeannette Walls' memoir of her nomadic, impoverished childhood, clings to the book's lyrical imagery in ways too overdetermined to work on the big screen.

(Image credit: Jake Giles Netter/Lionsgate)

A Couple Breaks Up, But Stays Together, In 'After Love'

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00pm

In this loose, partly improvised French drama, a couple separates after 15 years of marriage — but continues to live in the same apartment.

(Image credit: Distrib Films)

Haunting, Dreamlike 'In This Corner Of The World' Depicts Hiroshima, Before And After

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00pm

In this beautifully rendered, meticulously researched anime, we view the bustling Japanese city through the eyes of a young daydreamer whose life is shattered by the inconceivable.

(Image credit: Animatsu)

'The Only Living Boy In New York': A Callow, Shallow Writer Makes Good

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00pm

In director Marc Webb's indulgent coming-of-age tale, a young Manhattan writer believes the world revolves around him. Unfortunately, the film believes the same thing.

(Image credit: Niko Tavernise/Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Chinese Blockbuster 'Wolf Warrior II' Mixes Jingoism With Hollywood Heroism

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

China's summer blockbuster is Wolf Warrior II, a movie high on jingoism with a poster that reads, "Anyone who offends China, no matter how remote, must be exterminated."




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